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Side Table Project – Update

I know I haven’t blogged in a while, Here is where I left you guys off last time: Side Table Project. I haven’t had as much progress on my project that I would have hoped. There are a few reasons for this. The biggest being the noise I need to make to get this done. I need to sand the wood, hammer the wood, cut the wood, grind the steel, bend the steel, etc. etc. All in a 3rd story condo building.
Now our Coquitlam city bylaw prohibits me from working before 7am or after 11pm … (9am and 6pm on Sunday & holiday). Our own buisding bylaw is vague and just prohibits “unreasonable noise” … (who’s to say what reasonable). But the most strict and vocal noise bylaw is the Jenny-By-Law … This is the most important bylaw of all.
So I’ve restricted my work during the week from the time I get home, 4:30pm, to the time Jenn gets home, 5:30pm, and Saturdays from around noon to 5 or 6pm … I think thats reasonable.

So I managed to take the wood apart and prepare it for general usage. This involved cutting a GIANT crate from work …
… So that the wood would fit in my car … and the elevator …
… Then taking it apart and sanding it like crazy …
But after about 2-3 days of sanding, I finally got most of the pieces to a workable state. After this, I screwed together the base with some spare 2″x4″ that I had lying around. This step is very important to make sure that the base structure is strong enough to keep the base from self-destructing.

Once I was happy with the base, I realized that I could not easily, nor acceptably, cut my wood to proper lengths and angles … plus I was due for another tool. So I got myself a DW745 from Home Depot. I’ve never owned a table saw before but I really like this one. Only one small thing I’d change is the miter gauge on it. Here’s the one I’ve been eye-ing: INCRA MITER1000SE from Amazon.ca.

Now comes the frustrating part … See, I knew I didn’t have this part though out, but I figured it wouldn’t be so hard.

 The cutting of the steel, while very loud, was not too bad. Now, I love the smell of burnt steel but Jenn clearly hates it, and so does our smoke alarm.

But once the steel was cut, I used the grinder to score the part of the steel I want to bend at 90 degrees. I had thought scoring it to about half of the thickness of the metal (3/16″ sheet of steel) would be enough to bend it with some leverage … but no.

After some long and hard though, I think I will purchase a Torch and a cheater-bar from Home depot to continue with my progress …

… I’ll keep you posted.


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